Thursday, March 28, 2019

Automation on show in South East Ireland.

The inaugural South East Business Expo is scheduled to take place on the 3rd of April at WIT Arena, Waterford. The one-day event is designed to bring together the key stakeholders from Business, Industry, Academia and Government to discuss and debate the key issues facing the region.

Among those with a presence there will be the Ireland Section of the ISA (International Society of Automation). Declan Lordan and Billy Walsh will be available to extol the benefits to the gained by membership of this vibrant award winning section of a worldwide organisation.


The South East region with a population of 510,333 consists of five counties Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary. The region is home to 75 multinational companies employing over 15,000 highly skilled people. Key clusters include Technology, Financial Services, International Business Services, Technology, High Value Manufacturing including Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Food and Engineering.

This event is all about connecting business people in the region, encouraging local commerce, inward investment and sharing knowledge. The exhibition will feature a number of dedicated zones including Manufacturing, Technology, Business Services, Food & Tourism, Sales & Marketing & Innovation. Each zone will feature key note speakers who will deliver talks displaying in-depth knowledge and valuable insights.

Total employment in IDA Ireland client companies in the South East is up 7% to 15,580 employees in 2018. The economy of the South East (SE) region is now recovering strongly from the lows of 2012 and there has been strong and sustained GDP growth and declines in unemployment. Across the region there are a number of flagship developments recently that are likely to feed through into economic growth such as a major new employer West Pharma commencing operations, MSD’s investment in Carlow, the New Ross bypass, the resumption of UK flights at Waterford Airport, the mooted investment in the Waterford/S.Kilkenny North Quays, the Questum centre in Clonmel, Smithwick’s Visitor Experience in Kilkenny, all of which is underpinned by greater coordination between the region’s local authorities and chambers of commerce. The structural economic issues within the region will be a core part of the themed seminars including insights into investment in higher education capacity, acute hospital services, IDA and Enterprise Ireland (EI) activity drives ever higher job quality.

The region faces economic headwinds shared with the State (such as Brexit and the fragile EU recovery); but the structural economic issues within the region continue to assert themselves as the dominant economic trend.

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